The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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On August 2, 1776, 56 delegates from the different colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pa.  By signing this document, these men were putting their lives at risk.  They were publicly announcing to King George that they were patriots to the American cause and therefore, traitors to the British Crown.  They could be hunted down and hung by the British army.  What would make someone willing to do this?

Here is your task:

  1. Click on the larger Google Map below.
  2. Click on the names of each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  3. Write down their occupation.
  4. How many were doctors, lawyers, farmers or brewers?
  5. Choose one person you found particularly interesting.
  6. Click on “Leave a Comment”.
  7. Summarize information about this person in your comment.  Who was he? How old was he at the signing?  What was his occupation?  What was an interesting fact about him?
  8. Type your response and remember to sign your first name ONLY and class.
  9. You have twenty minutes to complete this task.



American Revolution – Music

We have learned that the American Colonists were able to defeat the British Army at the Battle of Yorktown.  The great British General Cornwallis had to surrender to General George Washington.  The ordinary foot soldiers responded to the victory in different way.  The American soldiers sang “Yankee Doodle Dandy”.  The British soldiers sang “The World Turned Upside Down”.

World Turned Upside Down

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Listen to the song “The World Turned Upside Down”.  Make a comment below, explaining how the song helps you understand how the ordinary British soldiers felt about the defeat.


30,000 BC? – 1609: NYS Native Americans – The Science Behind the Bow & Arrow

After reviewing the results of a unit exam on the first unit  of fourth grade Social Studies,  I realized that my students have no idea what materials are used to make a bow and arrow, what its purpose was and how it impacted the lives of Native Americans.  So I created the following PowerPoint presentation, converted it to pdf and then imported it into  The resulting widget has turn-able pages!


Native American Weapons - The Bow and ArrowSee Wikispace

1609 – Henry Hudson’s Voyage Up the Hudson


This famous Englishman set sail to find a passage through North America. His first two  voyages were funded  by the British government.   His third voyage was funded by the Dutch West India Company.  It was on his third voyage that he sailed into New York Harbor and up the river to the left of Manhattan.  Click on the image below to see more about this amazing man.


Hudson - the River that Defined America